Last night, I was flying solo as Aaron was working late. Noah was fussier than normal and I attributed it to teething pains. He followed me around the house (he's quite the crawler now) as I put away laundry, unloaded the dishwasher, and washed off his green mess of a high-chair (he got to practice feeding himself baby food green beans earlier as I was preparing Michael's meal). After consoling him due to his fussiness and giving him some medicine, I grabbed a clean sippy cup, filled it half-way with water, and handed it to him. He grinned from ear to ear! He was so proud of himself for holding his own cup and actually drinking some water from it!
Michael ate a good hearty meal and was in a very good and happy mood. He was being so well-behaved and I let him pick out a movie to watch. He selected "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown." My heart did flips! I LOVE watching Charlie Brown movies around the holidays. After the movie was over, he asked for "More Chah Bown?" So, I put in "Charlie Brown's Thanksgiving."
Sitting down with both of my boys with me on the couch was so needed! Noah happily drank from his sippy cup, which Michael was super entertained by watching. Michael happily held his "mommy blankies" and watched the holiday film. I reveled in the simpleness and my heart was full and happy.
And it only got better! Noah did a great job falling asleep. Michael had a great blood sugar number prior to his bedtime snack, and he was such a big boy while we brushed his teeth together and got his pajamas on.
At 2:00am, Michael says "Mama?" at the foot of my bed! He had exited his room, walked in the dark to mine & Aaron's room, walked around the room to my side of the bed, and grabbed my feet! I was shocked that we heard none of this! But, as I picked him up and took him to get a blood sugar check, I told him over and over how proud I was that he came straight to our room to get us. His blood sugar was good and I changed his diaper and tucked him back in bed. I said "Night night, sweet boy. I love you." He said "night night" in return, but as I was closing his door, I heard something I have waited to hear forever. "I luh doe." He said "I love you" !!!! I was so elated! I said "Awww! I love you!" and stood in the hallway with a happy heart.
Not long after that, Noah chatted me awake-- which is very typical these past several weeks. I fed him his bottle and he went back to sleep like a champ.
As I spent time maneuvering through my house in the dark, holding one child or another, I felt very peaceful and very happy. It's the little things in life that add the constant dose of joy to the long days. Little things like sippy cups, holiday movies, cuddling children on the couch, feeding a bottle, and hearing "I luh doe." These things make the heart happy.
Until next time,
Much love, Reba